Message for U.S. Citizens: Important Change to your Passport

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai inform U.S. citizens that

  • After December 31, 2015, the Department of State will no longer add extra visa pages to U.S. passports.
  • U.S. citizens applying for passports outside of the United States will receive 52-page passport books. The 52-page passport book will cost the same as 28-page passport book would.
  • Renew your passport early to make sure you have enough blank pages for visa stamps from other countries. Some countries require two blank pages for their entry and exit stamps.
  • See for more information on entry, exit, and foreign visa requirements.

The Department of State will discontinue the consular service of adding additional visa pages to U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. The determination to eliminate the visa page insert service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards.

As of October 2014, 52-page passport books are being issued at no extra cost to all applicants applying at overseas posts. This policy aims to lessen the burden that may be placed on frequent travelers who need more pages and those customers who may need to update residence permits or foreign entry/exit visas to comply with foreign country immigration practices.

We look forward to continue serving U. S. citizens in Thailand. Please be sure to renew your passport early if you are running low on passport pages for upcoming travel. To schedule a new appointment for a passport service, please visit the appointments page for